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Drought measures required in area towns

State officials have ordered 55 municipal water systems, including several in the Charlotte region, to enact water-conservation measures after they ran afoul of a new state drought-response law.

The law, enacted this summer, gives the state authority to review and approve water-shortage response plans that water systems were told to file by July 1.

By today, 34 systems had still failed to file the plans, the N.C. Division of Water Resources said. Among those in the Charlotte region: Salisbury, Troutman, McAdenville, Claremont, East Spencer, Grover, Icard and Rhodhiss.

Systems without plans have to use state-written, conservation measures when they're affected by extreme or exceptional drought, as most are in the Charlotte region.